Using The Internet To Engage The Spectrum Child; An online course

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The computer is a tool enabling educators to help reach children in a meaningful manner. When used properly, the computer helps dissolve barriers to comprehension and engagement. Computers have a powerful impact on pre-verbal and ‘non-responsive” students, especially when used in conjunction with video.

This 22 minute course is an introduction to the use of a Portaportal, a personal online rolodex that makes it easy to collect, sort and update your online resources. We examine a portaportal I assembled for use in direct classroom instruction with individuals and small groups. I also offer advice to caregivers about how to use it to engage children constructively.

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My portaportal contains websites have been used successfully in educational activities designed to promote:

Language development
Communication
Decision-making
Interaction with you
Self-awareness
Metacognition
Technology skills that lead to greater independence and self-directed education

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